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battle

(Dispute), noun action, affair, affray, argument, campaign, clash, collision, conflict, confrontation, contention, contest, crusade, discord, dispute, dissension, encounter, hostilities, ordeal, resistance, row, showdown, strife, struggle

battle

(Fight), noun affray, altercation, armed conflict, bout, brawl, combat, conflict, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee, quarrel, rift, scuffle, skirmish, tussle, war, warfare

battle

(Dispute), verb altercate, argue, attack, bicker, campaign, clash, compete, contend, contest, debate, dissent, encounter, engage, grapple, litigate, oppose, resist, strike at, struggle, take on, wrangle

battle

(Fight), verb assault, attack, combat, come to blows, physically assault, pummel, resist, skirmish
See also: affray, altercation, bicker, collision, compete, conflict, confrontation, contend, contest, defy, disagree, dispute, engage, fracas, fray, grapple, involve, oppose, resistance, strife, struggle

battle

trial by battle was an ancient form of alternative dispute resolution by which parties fought each other to the death. Champions could be substituted. It was abolished in England after 1818. In Scotland, it took longer for a final determination on competency, a ruling on the point being sought only in 1985.
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In this way and under fire of the Russian cannon, one hundred and fifty miles of wire were strung across the battlefield.
So Ernest, being of an unobtrusive character, was thrust quite into the background, where he could see no more of Old Blood-and-Thunder's physiognomy than if it had been still blazing on the battlefield.
When he got near the battlefield a great part of the king's men had already fallen, and little was wanting to make the rest give way.
King Richard died upon the battlefield, in such a way as properly became a lion-hearted king, as you yourself, no doubt, know; so, after a time, the Earl of Huntingdon--or Robin Hood, as we still call him as of old-- finding nothing for his doing abroad, came back to merry England again.
From Holland we went to Belgium, and made a hasty trip through that country, stopping at Brussels, where we visited the battlefield of Waterloo.
They had reached the battery at which Prince Andrew had been when he examined the battlefield.
You call them deathless, and yet I saw their dead bodies piled high upon the battlefield.
They say great big troopers broke down and cried over his body on the battlefield.
In a battlefield," he observed slowly, "one naturally becomes a little callous, but here it is different.
A really unique addition to your collection," he smiled; "picked up right on the battlefield.
Without arguing this matter of my general reputation, accepting it at its current face value, let me add that I have indeed lived life in a very rough school and have seen more than the average man's share of inhumanity and cruelty, from the forecastle and the prison, the slum and the desert, the execution-chamber and the lazar-house, to the battlefield and the military hospital.
The Horse was wounded and fell dead on the battlefield.

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